Bit of the good ole Chinese-style publicity stunt today on Chinese news portals, with more casting news concerning Wong Kar-Wai's upcoming Yip Man biopic 一代宗师 (The Great Master)
. It's not the news most everyone was waiting for - a confirmation on the Brigitte Lin issue, or lack thereof - but I guess it's good enough: the new name which is emerging is Gong Li, who would join forces with Wong for the first time since Eros
. Local media reports indicated yesterday that Gong would play the head matron of a martial arts clan, but her management played coy, saying that they haven't received any offer, although - and here's the key - they're on good terms with Wong Kar-Wai, so they'd certainly be open to the idea of participating in the film. They say any final announcement will come from Wong's side, so it's probably a matter of time before ink is spilled. Then again, Wong's casting choices are always pretty volatile, so you never know.
Should this be confirmed, we'd have a preliminary lineup made of Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Zhang Zhen and Zhao Benshan, not exactly a shabby cast. Gong and Zhang worked together in Memoirs of a Geisha
, so this would mark their third collabo. As we previously reported, the film will start shooting next week in Kaiping and continue until April, for a release which is slated for... uh, with Wong Kar-Wai at the helm, I'm not touching any speculation with a ten foot pole.
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